After taking just a 36-35 advantage into the locker room at half, Baker opened up the second half with a 20-6 run in the first ten minutes to build a lead they never relinquished. The Wildcats finished the contest 31-for-59 (53 percent) from the floor and 11-for-22 (50 percent) from beyond the arc. Baker’s bench outscored Central Methodist 66-17 in the contest.
The Eagles (14-14, 8-10 HAAC) had two players finish in double figures as Melvin Tillman scored a game-high 33 points and Alex Barner closed with 16.
“I was happy with the way our guys bounced back today,” said Baker head coach Brett Ballard. “We’re hoping to see a nice crowd out here Wednesday for the first home playoff game in I think what has to be over a decade.”
Baker (19-10, 12-6 HAAC) will enter the 2012 HAAC Postseason Tournament as a No. 3 seed and will face No. 6 Benedictine College on Feb. 29 at 7 p.m., in the George F. Collins Center. Baker’s last home playoff game was in 1999-2000 when the Wildcats finished 10-8 in HAAC play.
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